Starbucks Afternoon Training Session: It’s More About Damage Control Than Anything Else

John Hollon Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, John Hollon 1 Comment

Here’s the bottom line on this week’s anti-racial bias training at Starbucks, and it was captured perfectly in the headline on The New York Times story about the big event. It said: Starbucks’s Tall Order: Tackle Systemic Racism in 4 Hours Yup, the NYT is right; it’s unlikely that Starbucks, or any other company, is going to make much of a …

Ask UBER: Outside Social Issues Are Changing Inside Work Operations.

Dawn Burke Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Dawn Burke, Employment Law 3 Comments

The public has spoken. If you want fair treatment in your company it’s time to get out your megaphone. If your company’s internal policies don’t jibe with the outside, conscious, court-of-public-opinion, they may be in for a wild, expensive ride.    In that light, Uber did something remarkable this week.  Due to what seems like a year’s worth of bad …

Punish an Employee For a CEO’s Bad Behavior? Yes.

Dawn Burke Corporate Social Responsibility, Current Affairs, Dawn Burke, Leadership

Or no? I waited for Uber for so long.  Despite being the largest city in Alabama, it took a while to get to Birmingham. However, as a frequent traveler, I’d gotten used to the convenience of Uber in a big, big way.  So, when Uber finally arrived in Birmingham early 2016 I did a triple-lindy. Then 2017 happened. Despite what …

3 Reasons HR Should Pay Attention to the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal

Kathy Rapp candidate experience, Change, Change Management, Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Food and Drink, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Passive Candidates, Performance, Recruiting, Risks, T+D, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development

$13.7 billion buys a lot of organic quinoa. Lots of talk around Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and what it means for the grocery business, farmers, those whose jobs will be lost to automation, and the retail industry as a whole.  It’s a cocktail of doom and gloom mixed with the reality of capitalism and a twist of efficiency. So …

HR and the Dark Side of Leadership

Mark Fogel Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Relations, Good HR, Mark Fogel

I am speaking in June at #SHRM 2017 in New Orleans on “HR and the Dark Side of Leadership”. Dark topics are not new for me or for many of you who frequent the FOT site. I am pulling double duty this year at SHRM national. I am also doing a traditional presentation on “Moneyball for the Talent function” too. …

SHRM Leadership Should Lead

Laurie Ruettimann Bad HR, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Current Affairs, Laurie Ruettimann

Today is a big day. There are several hundred human resources professionals descending on Washington DC to participate in SHRM’s Leadership Conference Hill Day. They are lobbying our Congressional leaders on things like healthcare, tort reform and quick and easy access to H-1B visas. Here are three things I want SHRM leaders to say to our elected officials. You should …

Are You Trying to Shave Off Squared Edges to Make Talent Fit?

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, War for Talent

Houston is blessed and cursed right now and I’m not just talking about the Texans.  The city is booming due to the vibrant oil and gas industry; and the booming also means talent is scarce. A recent gathering of Houston’s CHRO’s had some oil and gas leaders bantering about talent, specifically the challenge of changing demographics alongside current leaders.  An …

CSR: Who’s Kicking More ### for Humanity: Bill Gates or Google?

Kris Dunn Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsiblity, Current Affairs, Kris Dunn

I’m serious with the question, because I’m not sure. First up, for the crowd that thinks CSR is a call center position in East Bogalusa for the cable company – you’re right, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. For this post, CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility, which are actions by a company that appear to further some social …